It’s time to write your novel! You’ve had it at the back of your head for years, maybe decades. It’s based upon a bit of trivia that only you know. Maybe when you stayed at that hotel in Dubrovnik back in the late 80s, two of your fellow guests would go on to become respectively a notorious war criminal and an Australian soap star. In real life, they never met – but you thought, hmm, what if … ? And from that came the idea for a sizzling tale of love and passion set in a country tearing itself apart.
There is no doubt that the latest pandemic has caused huge upheaval to our personal and working lives. Many hundreds of thousands of people face the unfamiliar prospect of working from home for weeks or even months to come. Most of our ghostwriters have been working this way for years, so we have come together to provide you with a few tips that will hopefully help you settle into this new way of working: Rise and shine Set your alarm for the same time every morning and try and keep a regular bedtime. Whether you’re a night owl or an
How to Cope with Coronavirus The crisis has rather crept up on us. On me, at any rate. Was it only last weekend I was staying with friends in Sussex? There was a slightly jokey non-shaking of hands, and regular invitations to wash the non-shaken hands throughout the evening. But other than that? Well, I did get up early next morning to go to church. My host is vicar in a rural parish and was worried he might be spending an hour reading the Gospel to his wife, so I went along to make up the numbers. No need. At
There was a controversy a few months ago of major significance for all involved in the writing, ghostwriting or publishing of nonfiction books. The US author Naomi Wolf was taken to task for some historical errors in her book Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, on the persecution of gay men in 19th Century Britain. Sex between men was criminalized – indeed, it was not decriminalized until the 1960s. Almost unbelievably for a modern, liberal mind, in the 19th Century it could carry the death sentence. Unfortunately, Ms Wolf misunderstood an archaic legal term used in Victorian British
‘There are just three rules for writing,’ claimed bestselling author Somerset Maugham. ‘But nobody knows what they are.’ This is true, but it doesn’t mean you have nothing to go on when you’re planning your book. In my experience of ghostwriting many business books, self-help guides, and thought leadership titles, I’ve learned that there are three questions you need to ask before you begin. The answers to these questions will set you up to write a book that becomes a transformational force for change. One that makes a critical difference to its readers. And one that helps you to build a loyal band